Are you still unsure what is the right study course for you? Do you have two distinct passions and you cannot choose between the two fields? Or it may be that you simply have career goals that combine two different fields. Then, a double degree is your answer!
A double degree means that a student is studying two different academic fields simultaneously and will, therefore, earn two separate degrees. For example, if you choose to study both Information Systems and Psychology in a double degree program, you would graduate with two degrees and diplomas in Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) in Information Systems and Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Psychology. One can study a double degree at one and the same higher education institution, or at two different ones. Moreover, in some cases, the two different institutions can be in different countries, too.
A big advantage of those who choose to pursue a double degree program is that it can usually be completed in a shorter time frame than two single degrees. For instance, a standard single degree usually takes around three to four years. At the same time, you can expect a double degree to take a little more – between four and six years depending on your study mode (e.g., full-time or part-time). Of course, it may take a longer time depending on the fields you choose to combine.
You might be wondering how a dual degree differs from a double major. A double major means that you can study two different fields but only if they are in the same department and in one and the same higher education institution. Unlike the double degree, students who study double major earn the same type of degree and receive only one diploma, with two distinct study programs. Moreover, compared to a double degree, a double major does not require more time to complete than a single major would. Essentially, the biggest difference between a double degree and a double major is that by choosing a double major you are studying one degree program but two speczializations, and a double degree is when you are studying two concentrations in two separate degree programs.
For example, you can do a double major in Spanish and Linguistic Studies in the same university at the same time. Upon completion of the program, you will earn just one university degree but with two concentrations – in Spanish and in Linguistic Studies. Because both classes for the Spanish and Linguistic majors are under the same department, you will be rewarded with a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree in the end. Many students decide to pursue a double major in order to boost their chances of getting a job position in a prestigious company after graduation since nowadays, companies look for diversified skills when they are choosing their employees.